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Fort Vasquez

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    Established in 1835 by Louis Vasquez and Andrew Sublette, Fort Vasquez operated for seven years as a fur-trading post along the South Platte River. The decaying fort was reconstructed in the 1930s. The Colorado Historical Society (now History Colorado) acquired the building in 1958 and opened it as a regional museum in 1964.
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    The Fort Vasquez Museum received a major restoration in 2005. The grounds now include a life-size bison sculpture by local artist Stephen C. LeBlanc.
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References: 

Fort Vasquez Museum: A Capsule History and Guide (Denver: Colorado Historical Society, 2009).

LeRoy R. Hafen, “Fort Vasquez,” Colorado Magazine 41, no. 3 (1964).

Additional Information: 

LeRoy R. Hafen, ed., The Mountain Men and the Fur Trade of the Far West, 10 vols. (Glendale, CA: Arthur H. Clark, 1965–72).

Anne F. Hyde, Empires, Nations, and Families: A History of the North American West, 1800–1860 (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2011).

James W. Judge, “The Archaeology of Fort Vasquez,” Colorado Magazine 48, no. 3 (1971).

Guy L. Peterson, Four Forts of the South Platte (Fort Myer, VA: Council on America’s Military Past, 1982).

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